Range Rover Evoque SUV (2011-2018)
“The Range Rover Evoque isn’t all about style – this SUV is also comfortable and highly accomplished”
- Off-road ability
- Hugely desirable
- Distinctive design
- Expensive to buy
- Three-door is impractical
- Reliability record isn’t great
Range Rover can count the Evoque as one of the most successful new models it has ever launched, arguably garnering more attention than any other that preceded it. Never before had a such a compact car worn the hallowed Range Rover name and its undeniably handsome looks only add to its showroom presence.
Victoria Beckham may have played a role in the Evoque's development, but rest assured that she only really influenced the car's style. Its oily bits were left to those with a little more experience and the Evoque is no family embarrassment when it comes to the traditional Range Rover attribute of off-road agility.
Few are likely to put it through its paces off the beaten track, though, and the Evoque can confidently match the BMW X3, Mercedes GLA, Audi Q3 and even Porsche Macan for on-road comfort and driver appeal, although it can't match top models of these rivals for sheer performance.
You can choose an Evoque in five door and three-door 'coupe' forms, as well as the Evoque Convertible, which we’ve reviewed separately. Being a Range Rover, four-wheel drive is available, but the front-wheel-drive versions are more economical and will suit anybody that doesn't need rough-road capability.
The three-door version is unique in its class and given how restricted rear-seat access is, it's easy to see why three-door SUVs remain relatively rare. It's arguably more handsome than the five-door, though, with a look that closely resembles the concept car that got crowds talking before the Evoque was launched. Although its narrow windows mean visibility from inside isn't the best, the five-door is certainly easier to live with – its higher roof line allows more rear-seat headroom while a big boot rounds off a surprisingly practical package.
The Evoque's engine line-up is strongly biased towards diesel. The 237 and 286bhp Si4 petrols are reserved for the most expensive models, with 148bhp eD4, 178bhp TD4 and 237bhp SD4 diesels filling out the rest of the range. The least powerful diesel is the only engine you can team with two-wheel drive. Don't expect more than 38mpg out of either of the petrols, but the front-wheel-drive diesel can exceed 65mpg.
A nine-speed automatic gearbox is standard on both petrol engines and the most powerful diesel, and optional on the mid-range diesel. A six-speed manual is standard otherwise. Equipment is generous across the range, with leather trim, parking sensors, cruise control, DAB radio and a touchscreen infotainment system featured on all models.
Entry-level Evoques come in SE specification, SE Tech adds sat nav and some upgraded trim details, while HSE Dynamic, HSE Dynamic Lux and Autobiography bring luxuries like a self-parking system and a panoramic sunroof. We recommend SE Tech trim, though, partly as the higher-spec cars easily reach and breach the £40,000 mark, making them pretty expensive (and liable for a £310 tax surcharge in years two to six).
The Evoque’s five-star Euro NCAP safety rating is reassuring. The Range Rover Evoque finished 55th out of the 75 cars ranked in our 2017 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey of cars currently on sale in the UK.